Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Rue Gheude 56
Anderlecht
Brussels, 1070
Belgium

+32 25 21 49 28 | map
cantillon.be

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45
Reviews:
6,747
Ratings:
27,757
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.72/5
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
318
pDev:
6.78%
 
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of njk82
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great spot. Went in the summer of 2012, can't wait to go back. There was a self-guided tour and tasting, and the ability to purchase bottles and merchandise. Gorgeous, historic brewery. Really love being able to check it out.

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4.23/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Harrison8
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Very interesting and historic place. Interesting in the sense that this famous brewery is rather... archaic, but that's also apart of its charm and a critical component of their traditional style lambic production. Before we get into the vibe of the place, let's take a moment to discuss the neighborhood. Brussels is divided into separate areas, each with their own government. Cantillon's location is in the midst of an older industrial, blue-collar area with some rough edges. A sign on the front counter tells customers to empty their cars of visible bags as, apparently, break-ins are fairly common. Aside from this, wandering in through the large wooden door (looks like a garage door, but opens like a regular door) sends the customer back decades. Exposed rafters with a small, quaint bar greet the customer. Down the way is the merchandise counter and the place where tours start. Across from the merchandise area is a small seating area with a dozen or so barrels set up with chairs around. Between all this is crate after crate of Cantillon bottles, some ready for consumption and others being aged. On my visit in particular, there were a couple palates of apricots with workers slicing them up in the corner as they prepared to produce a batch of Fou Foune. Amazing. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable and know a smattering of languages so everyone can feel welcome. The tour is self guided with a small booklet walking customers through the brewing process and a little history as they wander the facility. Old, thin steps may be tough on some knees and would be impossible with a stroller.

Quality is superb, with a selection of approximately a dozen bottles available for on-site consumption, a half dozen pours available, and another half dozen bottles to-go. All the beer is of the highest quality, although it's worth mention it's all spontaneously fermented. So those seeking a standard ale, lager, stout, IPA, etc would not be at home here. The focus is on traditional spontaneously fermented beers.

Service was good, being attentive and friendly, although you must go to the bar to order. Paying with a card requires someone to wait in line at the merchandise counter and then wait in line at the bar with a special, tagged receipt to pick up your order. Cash is recommended for more expedient service.

Selection has been covered above, but is solely focused on spontaneous fermentation, meaning everything is a lambic or geuze, either fruited or not.

All-in-all, a superb stop for those seeking great beer and beer history.

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4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Not so easy to find compared to other breweries. Once inside it's just a simple concrete hall with some casks and chairs around it.

The beers are absolutely fantastic. Despite the small to-go list there's quit some stuff you can drink on site.

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4.53/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

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4.97/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Quafftastic
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A must visit from October to April when they are brewing, especially if you can get there mid afternoon when cool ship is filled to experience the heat, smell and sight of spontaneous fermentation. The Town has certainly grown up around it last 30 years but beer is still top notch. Not cheap but great tour , make friends on it or chat up some folks in the tasting area to allow sharing a number of bottles.

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4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of atomeyes
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

One of my favourite places in Belgium. Go during a brewday and watch the machinery at work. Go during the spring or summer to just chill and drink. you never know what will be for sale or on the in-house menu. I could spend (read: have spent) hours here, just drinking and people watching.

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3.16/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of YalovaIA
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Must do pilgrimage if you love lambic. Amazing place. Totally old school as expected.

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5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, after years of pining, I got to Cantillon. Since first trying the Kriek many years ago, this place has been at the tp of my beer bucket list.

When you first enter the place, it seems like there's been a mistake, you basically walk into a store room. Then you look left and there is the bar. And the smell... oh, the smell. It has to be experienced. Started off with the tour, which is fascinating, and it gave me a whole new level of respect for lambic brewers. After that, time for some beer...

The selection at the bar is not huge, but oh my, the quality... aged versions of the classics and bottle pours of more obscure ones. Highlights for me was the Gueuze from 2006 and 2014 Lou Pepe Framboise. The vibe in the bar is very communal, and everybody is sharing their stuff with the neighbours an talking about life and beer. I could sit here for hours, even without the beer. Service is quick and fairly polite. Note that the bar only takes cash, for card payment you need to go to the main register, which is a hassle. Prices are ridiculously low, with a 750 ml bottle costing between 12 and 35 Euros, and bottle pours between 2 and 5.

There is also beer to go, with the selection varying with the season. Prices are low, so pick up some stuff here before checking other bottle shops.

Overall, this was as close as a religious experience I've had, I almost got a bit misty eyed when I walked in. And seeing Jean Van Roy walking around just triggered the fan boy in me. If you're ever in Brussels and have even the slightest interest in sour beer, GO TO CANTILLON! I'm already schemeing to get back!

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 27,757 ratings